The Late, Late Show Starring Adam Eaton
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Last Night’s Highlights
Adam Eaton‘s first career grand slam highlighted a five-run ninth inning as the White Sox dramatically came from behind to defeat the Indians, 10-7, in the middle game of the three-game series in Cleveland.
Trailing 7-5 heading into the ninth in what was a see-saw battle throughout, the Sox mounted a rally climaxed by Eaton’s blow.
With one out, Todd Frazier singled and moved to second on an error. J.B. Shuck reached first on an infield single and Tim Anderson walked, loading the bases. Dioner Navarro singled on a pop fly, driving in Frazier, and with the bags still full Eaton delivered the slam–his 11th homer of the season.
Anderson belted a two-run homer in the third, his seventh, to tie the score at 2-2, and Navarro, Shuck and Eaton each collected a pair of hits. In addition to his hit in the ninth, Frazier doubled in two runs in the fourth. The Sox pounded out 13 hits in all.
Jacob Turner earned his first win in relief with a scoreless eighth and David Robertson chalked up save No. 30 with a scoreless ninth.
The five-run ninth and Anderson’s homer:
Quote of the Day
Eaton on last night’s triumph:
“A good team win, really a boxing match from the beginning. It was really intriguing how they came out and scored a couple. We had our two-run homer to come back and vice versa in the third and the fourth. It was a long game, but definitely an intriguing game where I’m glad we got the last punch.”
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and finale of the nine-game road trip. The Good Guys, 4-4 on the trip, look to make it a winning one with a victory tonight. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (11-4, 3.38) for the Tribe.
Rodon is making his 20th start of the season and 10th on the road. He recorded the win in his last start at Miami, allowing just one run and three hits in six innings in a 4-2 Sox win. Carlos is 3-0, 1.75 with 34 strikeouts in six career appearances (five starts) vs. the Indians.
After the nine-game road trip ends tonight, the White Sox return home tomorrow. A nine-game homestand begins with three vs. the A’s, followed by two with the Phillies and four with the Mariners.
Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-14, 5.78) for the Sox, RHP Kendall Graveman (8-8, 4.37) for the A’s.
Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (14-6, 3.30) for the Sox, RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19) for Oakland.
Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85) for the Sox, LHP Ross Detwiler (1-1, 4.15) for the Athletics.
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Photos of the Day
Hitting a grand slam while blowing a bubble–pretty impressive.